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1A from WAMU and NPR is a new show for a changing America. Every day, host Joshua Johnson convenes a conversation about the most important issues of our time.

The show takes a deep and unflinching look at America, bringing context and insight to stories unfolding across the country and the world.

With a name inspired by the 1st amendment, 1A explores important issues such as policy, politics, technology, and what connects us across the fissures that divide the country. The program also delves into pop culture, sports, and humor.

1A’s goal is to act as a national mirror—taking time to help America look at itself and to ask what it wants to be. 1A is produced at WAMU 88.5, and distributed by NPR.

the1a.org: Find out more about what you heard on a recent program here.

You could say Washington, D.C. is also America’s museum capital. And this week, a new collection opens to the public. Just south of the National Mall, the Museum of the Bible will welcome visitors to a $500 million facility that uses a mix of art, technology and lavish architecture to educate guests about Christianity’s sacred text.

How To Stop Hazing

Nov 15, 2017

Once again, Greek life at American colleges is under scrutiny – this time after the death of a 20-year-old fraternity pledge at Florida State University. FSU has suspended Greek activities.

In Pennsylvania, Penn State students are being charged in the death of a pledge.

Friday News Roundup - International

Nov 10, 2017

President Trump visits Asia. Several Saudi Arabian princes visit prison. And we revisit a conversation about offshore tax shelters in light of the Paradise Papers.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Nov 10, 2017

The week flew by, but not without leaving behind a lot of questions.

Is it safe for Democrats to be optimistic about a return to power at the national level?

• What’s in the Republican tax bill?

When We Say "Support The Troops"...

Nov 9, 2017

No other collective group of Americans receives more respect, honor and admiration than members of the U.S. military. But those who serve are also used by politicians to press sided perspectives on all kinds of hot-button issues, from medical benefits to NFL protests.

We Woke Up Like This: 366 Days Later

Nov 9, 2017

Anyone who didn’t stay up all night watching the election returns last year woke up to news that felt inevitable the night before, but nearly unpredictable a month earlier.

'Meet The Press' Turns 70

Nov 7, 2017

No show has been on TV longer than NBC’s Meet the Press. Since its launch in 1947, the show has been the go-to program for politicians, journalists and anyone else who is making news.

It’s been a tumultuous year for the Republican and Democratic parties. After an upset in the 2016 election, the GOP hasn’t completely united behind President Trump. Some members have adjusted to the president’s platform, while others — typically outgoing and former elected officials — have spoken out against the direction the president is pulling the party in.

Accepting The America We Have

Nov 7, 2017

It’s become an all-too familiar scenario: A mass shooting leaves several people dead, thoughts and prayers are requested and given, debates over gun control and mental health bubble up then … another shooting happens and the cycle repeats.

Has this ever happened to you: You see something you just have to have and you either buy it immediately or save up to get it for yourself.

But then once you have it … you don’t want it.

We’ve all experienced buyer’s remorse at one point or another. It can be tough to make clear-headed choices with our hard-earned cash. But is this just human nature, or is it something we can learn to control? Why do we often make irrational choices when it comes to spending?